Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I bought a book . . .



So, it's been some time since I've actually written anything for this blog. I used several excuses, including the points chase at the end of last season. Speaking of that, I didn't realize that many of my non-barbecue friends did not know this, but Pellet Envy ended the season as the Kansas City Barbeque Society Team of the Year. Yes, I've put a little spin on that title and renamed it the "National Barbecue Champions." But I digress . . . .

A couple things happened late last year that completely unmotivated me to write the blog. One was the overwhelming idea that I had nothing to say. Well, nothing worth reading anyway. I mean, how many times do you want to read a contest recap? They sort of all run together after awhile, right? So, as I continued to convince myself that my posts were no longer interesting, it sort of snowballed into a sort of writer's block.

To make matters worse, I decided I needed to be more professional in the way I wrote so I bought a book. Yes, it was supposed to be a book that would help me write better. Not the kind of book that motivates you to write more interesting things, although I think I would have bought that book as well. No, this was a book to teach me not to make so many grammatical mistakes when I wrote. As I read it, I realized just what a crappy writer I really was. The more I read, the more I saw the multitude of mistakes I made while writing my blog posts. I think you all know where this is going, so let's just get this out on the table . . . . This book totally screwed with my head. After already losing confidence in my posts, the information in this book sort of made me feel stupid about writing. So much so, that I basically totally gave up on posting to this blog.

I'm here to tell you that those days are over. Screw what's right. This is my blog. I'll write in any damn way I want. So, that's what we're going to do. At least once a week, I'm going to write a new post. Who the hells knows that it's going to be about. I'll do my best to make it interesting and to the point. You do your best to give me a little feedback now and again, just to keep the ship heading in the right direction.

The season has officially started. We've added a new major sponsors. Our first class, hosted here in Kansas City, is in the books. The biggest paying contest in the country is this weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas. I don't have to tell most of you that Arkansas is our barbecue home away from home. It's time to get this ball rolling again. I'm here to tell you now, "I'm back!"

3 comments:

Degüello BBQ said...

I've got that book Rod, and seriously I always thought your blog was grammatically accurate, funny, and informative. Plus, it reminded me why you're the "National Barbecue Champion", because you're constantly out there competing against the best of the competition. Ah, if only Pork in the Park were two weeks AFTER your Lebanon TN class instead of two weeks before. Oh well, I am sure I'll arrive with plenty of questions. And it looks like I'm the first to say here on the blog congratulations on your win at Little Rock. Now I've gotta get back my brisket and my own blog.....

Chet Calhoun said...

Congratulations on the big win and I feel the same way as Deguello about you blogging, it always sounded professional to me. What did you cook on in Ar?

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